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The bolthole  by Lawrence Winkler

The bolthole

Lawrence Winkler

"The fates of three tormented men, born as many eras apart, come together in a rock cave on the Coromandel peninsula of New Zealand - Tama of the Ngatei Hei, Billy Green in the days of gold, and Dr. Sababa from across the ocean - seeking revenge, dis...

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The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney

The Quaker

Liam McIlvanney

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Caroline's bikini by Kirsty Gunn

Caroline's bikini

Kirsty Gunn

'Alright' I said, 'I'll try...' This is how Emily Stuart opens her intricate tale of a classic love affair that becomes Caroline's Bikini: a swirling cocktail of infatuation, obsession, and imagination.The moment that Emily's friend Evan Gordonstone -...

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The empathy code  by Angelique Praat

The empathy code

Angelique Praat

"Should robots make life and death decisions? Teacher and humanitarian, Mishra McKenzie, doesn't think so. But the international community is torn as the window to outlaw killer robots closes. Coaxed by her activist friends to help them expose a susp...

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Trusting Miss Trentham  by Emily Larkin

Trusting Miss Trentham

Emily Larkin

"Letitia Trentham is noteworthy for three reasons. One, she’s extremely wealthy. Two, she can distinguish truth from lies. Three, she’s refused every man who’s ever proposed to her. Until Letty receives a proposal she can’t turn down. Icarus Reid bar...

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Make or break  by Catherine Bennetto

Make or break

Catherine Bennetto

"Jess, a 29-year-old Londoner with a Kate Beckett fringe and a tendency for dramatics, gets taken on a surprise trip by her long-term boyfriend, Pete, to attend her best friend's last minute wedding in South Africa. Jess imagines sun, sand, wine and ...

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The outback governess  by Sarah Williams

The outback governess

Sarah Williams

"When special-needs teacher Paige takes up the position of Governess for three young children in the Queensland outback, she has no idea just how much and how quickly she would come to love the dusty, dry country, and the family who desperately need her....

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Levi's war by Julie Thomas

Levi's war

Julie Thomas

"Levi's War follows on from The Keeper of Secrets and Rachel's Legacy, tracing the story of the eldest Horowitz son, Levi, who is smuggled out of Berlin to London the day after the Kristallnacht in 1938, where he makes the momentous decision to be pa...

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Hell's unveiling  by Laura Solomon

Hell's unveiling

Laura Solomon

"Hell's Unveiling is the sequel to Marsha's Deal. Hell is raging and the devil and his minions are out to wage war on Planet Earth and on Marsha in particular. One of Marsha's foster children, Daniel, is framed for a crime he did not commit and is sent...

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The most important thing  by Belinda Hollyer

The most important thing

Belinda Hollyer

"Ginny and Shona are inseparable. they can’t remember a time before they knew each other. Tanya is new - she’s just moved to Waiheke Island because of her mother’s job. The old friendship is threatened by the incomer’s arrival. But more unsettling is...

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Resisting Miss Merryweather  by Emily Larkin

Resisting Miss Merryweather

Emily Larkin

"Sir Barnaby Ware made a mistake two and a half years ago. A massive mistake. The sort of mistake that can never be atoned for. He knows himself to be irredeemable, but the captivating and unconventional Miss Merryweather is determined to prove him wrong…...

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Claiming Mister Kemp  by Emily Larkin

Claiming Mister Kemp

Emily Larkin

"Lucas Kemp’s twin sister died last year. He’s put aside his mourning clothes, but not his heartache. If Lucas ever needed a friend, it’s now - and who should walk in his door but Lieutenant Thomas Matlock... Lucas and Tom are more than just best fri...

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Fishing for Māui  by Isa Pearl Ritchie

Fishing for Māui

Isa Pearl Ritchie

"A novel about food, whanau, and mental illness. Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep - just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food,...

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The Quaker  by Liam McIlvanney

The Quaker

Liam McIlvanney

"Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker. He takes his next victim - the third woman from the same nightclub - and dumps her in the street...

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Bittersweet  by P. D. R. (P. D. Rowan) Lindsay

Bittersweet

P. D. R. (P. D. Rowan) Lindsay

"In the British army of 1872, corrupt young officers play games of a different kind. Their favourite is to rape young society women in their homes. The rogues make a competition out of it. The more girls the regiment savages, the more different ways they...

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I only killed him once  by Adam Christopher

I only killed him once

Adam Christopher

"Another Hollywood night, another job for electric-detective-turned-robotic-hitman Raymond Electromatic. The target is a tall man in a black hat, and while Ray completes his mission successfully, he makes a startling discovery - one he soon forgets when...

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Invasion  by Don E. (Novelist) McGregor

Invasion

Don E. (Novelist) McGregor

"Kiwis had been anxiously watching the growing casualty and POW lists for loved ones in Europe and the Middle East for nearly two years. Pearl Harbour and the astoundingly rapid Japanese advance throughout Asia and the North Pacific increased local concern,...

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Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Mister Pip

Lloyd Jones

After the trouble starts and the soldiers arrive on Matilda's island, there comes a time when all the white people have left. Only Mr Watts remains, and he wears a red nose and pulls his wife around on a trolley; the kids call him Popeye behind his back....

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Murder on Muritai  by Genesis Cotterell

Murder on Muritai

Genesis Cotterell

"When your planet's sun is dying, what can you do? Find a new home. That's what the Ryxins did throughout the galaxy, and 150 of them secretly arrived on Earth in 1905. Once they'd changed into Human form they began to infiltrate Earth's population. By...

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Notice of death  by Genesis Cotterell

Notice of death

Genesis Cotterell

"When a Ryxin woman's body is found washed up on a beach, a prison inmate believes her friend has been murdered. She asks PI Curtis McCoy and his assistant Janux, to investigate. When they interview several ex-prisoners a complex web of intrigue unfolds....

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The forbidden gene  by Genesis Cotterell

The forbidden gene

Genesis Cotterell

"Curtis McCoy, now a fully fledged private investigator, is called on to solve a murder. But when it turns out the murdered woman is just one on a list to be terminated, things start to get serious. What's more - there's a bounty on each woman's head...

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Dancing bears  by Willow Alber

Dancing bears

Willow Alber

"Isolated in the Yukon Territory of Canada with memories of a different life, Agnes Nielsen struggles with loyalties and tragedy as she attempts to find meaning as rancher Jake's wife. Meanwhile, the other members of the Nielsen clan live their lives...

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The reluctant Muslim  by Alexander Logan

The reluctant Muslim

Alexander Logan

"Tom Grace, a Brisbane surgeon, attempts to find his kidnapped lover, Kaye Reynolds, a journalist, in Afghanistan. Instead, he is abducted by an arms dealer, Ahmed Bakir, and flown to Marseille as Bakir's prisoner. Tom had no idea Kaye was working for...

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Lahara  by Nuzhat Jahan

Lahara

Nuzhat Jahan

"Filled with adventure and mysticism, Lahara uses her unique gift of interpreting dreams to uncover the reality of true oneness within the world. When Lahara’s best friend Emma dies in mysterious circumstances, Lahara’s life takes a transformational ...

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Hugo's gift  by Suzanne Singleton

Hugo's gift

Suzanne Singleton

"It is a 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a perfection of craftsmanship and engineering; a birthday gift to Isabel Kane from her husband, Hugo. Isabel appears to have it all. She is beautiful, with a loving husband who is successful in business, children,...

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Patched words  by Rae McGregor

Patched words

Rae McGregor

"Words put together, stitched and sewn into stories, to warm or delight or surprise"--Publisher's description.

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Ocean of milk  by Belinda Aycrigg

Ocean of milk

Belinda Aycrigg

"Waking up in hospital, all memory erased like a computer restored to factory settings, Amalia enters a bizarre world where nothing is normal, everything is experienced as if for the first time. Her perplexed husband, staunch father, and mother who w...

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High country hero by Holly Ford

High country hero

Holly Ford

"Having brokered a fragile peace with his demons at last, ex-Afghan War pilot Mitch Stuart isn't in the market for redemption. But when he steps outside his comfort zone to help a stranger in a country pub, he inadvertently opens the door to the ghosts...

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The rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

The rehearsal

Eleanor Catton

A high-school sex scandal jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own potency and power. The sudden and total publicity seems to turn every act into a performance and every platform into a stage. But when the local drama school decides...

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Two Asian stories  by Ann Kit Suet Chin

Two Asian stories

Ann Kit Suet Chin

"The world has always been pro males. Asian women fare it worst. Women were sold as slaves, women were made to marry men they don't know, some of these matches were made even when the girls were babies. Girls were molested, raped, impregnated and had...

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Killing is my business  by Adam Christopher

Killing is my business

Adam Christopher

"A blend of science fiction and stylish mystery noir featuring a robot detective: the stand alone sequel to Made to Kill. Another golden morning in a seedy town and a new memory tape for intrepid PI-turned-hitman--and last robot left in working order--...

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William Deans  by Louise Deans

William Deans

Louise Deans

"William Deans, an extraordinarily passionate, often overlooked, early New Zealand pioneer, was a prolific letter writer. This most unusual work of Historical Creative Nonfiction is reconstructed from the letters he wrote. Told in the first person, his...

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Primus  by Paul W. Feenstra

Primus

Paul W. Feenstra

"The small picturesque hamlet of Mellester in Devonshire, England, is home to herdsman, Godwin Read and his son, Odo. When the aging knight, Sir William Ainsley, Lord of Mellester Manor goes on a hunt for wild boar, the inexplicable happens, and Godwin...

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Missing on Kawau  by Patricia Snelling

Missing on Kawau

Patricia Snelling

"When Laura McKenzie returned to Kawau Island with her friend Cass to live in her missing grandmother's cottage, it was a dream come true. The dream turned into a nightmare when she discovered that her grandmother, Nan, had not drowned but mysterious...

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Doctor Perry  by Kirsten McKenzie

Doctor Perry

Kirsten McKenzie

"Under the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor swears to remember that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug. Doctor Perry assures his elderly patients at the Rose Haven Retirement Home that he can offer wa...

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A risk worth taking  by Brynn Kelly

A risk worth taking

Brynn Kelly

"The murder of her fiance forced computer security expert Samira Desta into a world of isolation. A prisoner of grief and yet the only key to catching the killer her fiance died trying to bring to justice, she must now emerge into a reality that threatens...

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This mortal boy  by Fiona Kidman

This mortal boy

Fiona Kidman

"Albert Black, known as the 'jukebox killer', was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than...

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Toby's Endeavour voyage  by Kevin Boon

Toby's Endeavour voyage

Kevin Boon

"Toby Robinson has grown up with his uncle's stories and wants to join the navy. His uncle finds him a post as cabin boy on His Majesty's Bark Endeavour, under Captain James Cook, in the hope that it will put his nephew off a life at sea. Assisting the...

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Rotoroa  by Amy Head

Rotoroa

Amy Head

"On tiny, isolated Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf is a treatment facility for alcoholic men. It's here, at the Salvation Army-run home, that three characters at very different points in their lives will find themselves gathered, each for reasons of...

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Wikitoria  by Laura Nicholas-Grieve

Wikitoria

Laura Nicholas-Grieve

"The sequel to 'Rena' tells of her granddaughter Wikitoria's journey to marry Chief Aringi of the Whanganui tribe known for his brutality. Wikitoria's escape and survival depend on her knowledge of herbal remedies and bush craft until she can be...

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The Māori detective  by D. A. Crossman

The Māori detective

D. A. Crossman

"He's lost his wife, his job, and his mana. So what now? A PI? He really couldn't get used to it. Traipsing around after unfaithful wives and little old ladies' lost dogs? Was this the future for Carlos Wallace? And what of the beautiful matakite? Wasn't...

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Hellbound  by Evan G. (Evan Graham) Andrew

Hellbound

Evan G. (Evan Graham) Andrew

"A fast-paced thriller where four people find that following their desires leads to unintended consequences. An ordinary married couple and their two lovers fall foul of Chinese Triads and Mafia hitmen as they each seek their own future path regardless...

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Discovering Miss Dalrymple  by Emily Larkin

Discovering Miss Dalrymple

Emily Larkin

"At the age of four Alexander St. Clare was stolen by gypsies and sold to a chimney sweep. At the age of five he was reunited with his father. His history is no secret, everyone in the ton knows of his miraculous rescue. But when Alexander finds his...

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Ruining Miss Wrotham  by Emily Larkin

Ruining Miss Wrotham

Emily Larkin

"Eleanor Wrotham has sworn off overbearing men, but she needs a man's help - and the man who steps forward is as domineering as he is dangerous: the notorious Mordecai Black. The illegitimate son of an earl, Mordecai is infamous for his skill with women....

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Red mist  by Angus McLean

Red mist

Angus McLean

"The streets of south Auckland are a tough beat, and Dan Crowley’s detective squad is under-resourced and overworked. Violent crime is riding a surging wave and the cops seem helpless to stop it. With a brutal gang of gun-wielding thugs robbing cash vans,...

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September promise  by Denise Fitzpatrick

September promise

Denise Fitzpatrick

"Tracey Hansen loses the love of her life tragically and is overcome with grief. She buries herself in her country cottage, rejecting the comfort of friends and family. The arrival of spring is the catalyst for Tracey to move on with her life, and sh...

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Fallout by Paul Thomas

Fallout

Paul Thomas

August 1987: Against the backdrop of the nuclear ships stand-off with America, the rich and powerful gather in Auckland for a lavish election-night party. Before the night is out, a seventeen-year-old girl will be murdered and several lives utterly changed....

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The wizard's harvest table  by Thomas Mooney

The wizard's harvest table

Thomas Mooney

"To silence utterers of magic, to expel imps from the nostrils, the wizard's harvest table lists a set of runes as ancient as the secretive mountain kingdom of Lual. They are the kind of runes that heal, summon, banish, possess.But their power has had...

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Caroline's bikini  by Kirsty Gunn

Caroline's bikini

Kirsty Gunn

"Art needs a sense of lack to bring about its own effects; where there is no feeling of need to make up a shortfall, there will be no work. Alright I said, I'll try... This is how Emily Stuart opens the intricately involved account of a classic love...

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In the Memorial Room by Janet Frame

In the Memorial Room

Janet Frame

Harry Gill, a moderately successful writer of historical fiction, has been awarded the annual Watercress-Armstrong Fellowship-a 'living memorial' to the poet, Margaret Rose Hurndell. He arrives in the French Riviera town of Menton, where Hurndell once...

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A soul burned  by R. J. (Richard James) Curtis

A soul burned

R. J. (Richard James) Curtis

"On 14th February, 1945, the Allies fire-bombed Dresden, killing tens of thousands and starting a political row and propaganda war that lasted years. James Dalton leads the Pathfinder group that pinpoints the target with flares and ensures that maxim...

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Levi's war  by Julie Thomas

Levi's war

Julie Thomas

"Tracing the story of the eldest Horowitz son, Levi, who is smuggled out of Berlin to London the day after the Kristallnacht in 1938, where he makes the momentous decision to be parachuted back behind enemy lines and fight as a Partisan, culminating in...

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7°  by Lewis Hastings

Lewis Hastings

"An Eastern European crime syndicate has appeared on the radar of the British authorities. Known as the Seventh Wave they have arrived at the heart of the most important financial centre in the world. The group carry out one last raid. What they leave...

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A stolen woman  by Catherine Lea

A stolen woman

Catherine Lea

"“Find Me!” Those are the words on the note crumpled in Laney Donohue’s disabled sister’s hand. All Laney knows is that the young nurse who wrote them was taken by a man, and no one stopped him. Laney owes this young woman. She cared for her sister when...

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The fifth agenda  by Peter Clements

The fifth agenda

Peter Clements

"Now the cold war is over, why are the intelligence services of Britain, the United States and Israel so interested in locating and possibly 'eliminating' an elderly Russian scientist? Because he's one of the world's leading experts in biological warfare...

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The children's pond by Tina Shaw

The children's pond

Tina Shaw

"Jessica Pollard has moved to Turangi to be near her son Reuben who is in prison there. While working at a trout-fishing lodge on the Tongariro River, Jessica slips into a relationship with a handsome, charming Maori lawyer. When the body of his troubled...

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Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River to Hiruharama by Antony Millen

Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River to Hiruharama

Antony Millen

"Conrad Murrihy's mother is dying and she has one final wish: to see her eldest son Francis who has not contacted home in two years. In a race to find him and return home to his mother, Conrad travels far from his native Nova Scotia, Canada and through...

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The godwits fly by Robin Hyde

The godwits fly

Robin Hyde

Strongly autobiographical, it vividly conveys the intensely felt worlds of the adolescent - love, poetry and England - and the enthralling but sometimes painful experience of growing up female; and its picture of family life in early-twentieth-centur...

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What Love Is by D. C. (Dawn C.) Grant

What Love Is

D. C. (Dawn C.) Grant

Seventeen and pregnant, Gina has some tough decisions to make - should she marry the father of her baby? The former bad boy Bevan, on home detention for robbery, swears he has mended his ways and will care for Gina and their child. But Gina's own chi...

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Te Kauhanga: A Tale of Space(s) by Antony Millen

Te Kauhanga: A Tale of Space(s)

Antony Millen

Montreal Perec is a cartographer with unusual powers of perception. He lives as a recluse in the town of Te Kauhanga, sheltered deep in the Central North Island of New Zealand. Thirty years ago, he travelled from overseas and settled into his lightho...

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Matters arising from the identification of the body  by Simon Petrie

Matters arising from the identification of the body

Simon Petrie

"Tanja Morgenstein, daughter of a wealthy industrialist and a geochemist, is dead from exposure to Titan's lethal, chilled atmosphere. Guerline Scarfe must determine why. This novella blends hard-SF extrapolation with elements of contemporary crime fiction,...

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Pachamama & the Jaguar man  by Ronald Greville Riddell

Pachamama & the Jaguar man

Ronald Greville Riddell

"Pachamam and the Jaguar Man deals with numerous human rights issues and abuses in the context of the fifty-one-year-old Colombian Civil War, a peace treaty for which was signed in 2016. This treaty was subject to a nationwide plebiscite held in late...

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The Lysander passenger  by Peter Clements

The Lysander passenger

Peter Clements

"Britain, in 1942, should have been a safe place for a French resistance fighter visiting his handlers in the Security Intelligence Service. Sergeant Ian Gifford of the RAF, along with other pilots of the Special Squadron at Tempsford, risk their lives...

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Brynleith rising  by D A. Mayes

Brynleith rising

D A. Mayes

"Daniel Matheson is a young man who loathes himself and his dark secrets. After his horrendous experiences as a captive, he visits New Zealand and chances upon the Brynleith property. In his exhausted state, the idyllic place offers a welcome respite....

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Baby by Annaleese Jochems

Baby

Annaleese Jochems

"Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen when her bootcamp instructor, the striking Anahera, suggests they run away together. With stolen money and a dog in tow they buy 'Baby', an old boat docked in the Bay of...

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The Prince's pleasure & His pregnant princess by Robyn Donald

The Prince's pleasure & His pregnant princess

Robyn Donald

The Prince's PleasurePrince Luka of Dacia is a man with a lot to lose if his secret leaks out too early. He trusts nothing and no one, least of all his unexpected desire for Alexa Mytton. She might be beautiful, but she's dangerous - and there's no time...

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The new ships  by Kate Duignan

The new ships

Kate Duignan

"Peter Collie is adrift in the wake of his wife's death. His attempts to understand the turn his life has taken lead him back to the past, to dismaying events on an Amsterdam houseboat in the seventies, returning to New Zealand and meeting Moira, an ...

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Made to kill by Adam Christopher

Made to kill

Adam Christopher

Private investigator, hit man, and the world's last robot Raymond Electromatic is hired by a familiar-looking woman to search for a missing movie star in a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy with ties to a sinister plot.

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Murder in paint  by Rodney Strong

Murder in paint

Rodney Strong

"The spirit wants her name back. The con artist wants her painting back. And Oliver just wants things back to normal. Good luck. Oliver Atkinson's life is busy. Between trying to write a book, children, and housework he doesn't have time for the spirit...

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Death actually  by Rosy Fenwicke

Death actually

Rosy Fenwicke

"Maggie never wanted to go into the family business, but when her parents die suddenly and her husband has just abandoned her and their two small children, what choice does she have? With the support of her best friend Elka and her mentor Betty, she had...

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All the Nice Girls by Barbara Anderson

All the Nice Girls

Barbara Anderson

Devenport Naval Base, New Zealand, 1962: With her husband away at sea, Sophie Flynn's life is becoming considerably complicated. She has two children to look after, the captain's wife to minister to, a wayward sister to keep an eye on, and an elderly...

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Billie's Kiss by Elizabeth Knox

Billie's Kiss

Elizabeth Knox

With an Edwardian twist on The Tempest, and surprising, earthy, and magical qualities, this irresistible novel is set on the remote, divided Scottish island of Kissack and Skilling, one half of which looks historically and geographically towards Cath...

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A sister in my house  by Linda Olsson

A sister in my house

Linda Olsson

"Maria has found a sanctuary in a rented house, overlooking a small Spanish village by the sea. She is coming to terms with losing the love of her life. But her solitude and the places that have become special to her are about to be encroached upon by...

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Between two worlds  by A.N Arthur

Between two worlds

A.N Arthur

"1914. Samuel, Jimmy and Cass struggle to adjust after the Great Strike. For those men and their loved ones, change demands sacrifice and loss - for even love comes with its price. But greater challenges beyond their imagining are about to engulf the...

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Letters in a different war  by Joan Braddock

Letters in a different war

Joan Braddock

"Many New Zealand men and women served in World War II. There were some however who refused to fight, believing it wasn't right to kill fellow human beings. They were called conscientious objectors and were treated harshly by the authorities and by the...

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Then there was you  by Kara Isaac

Then there was you

Kara Isaac

"Paige McAllister needs to do something drastic. Her boyfriend cant even commit to living in the same country, her promised promotion is dead on arrival and the simultaneous loss of her brother and her dream of being a concert violinist has kept her ...

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The little white house  by author Tali (Musician)

The little white house

author Tali (Musician)

"Based on the story of a little white house that did indeed exist in rural New Zealand, this story weaves reality with fantasy, telling the tale of all who lived there, from the perspective of the house itself. As the house becomes conscious and self-aware,...

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Marsha's deal  by Laura Solomon

Marsha's deal

Laura Solomon

"When Marsha is diagnosed with a rare disease that turns her body to bone when damaged, she becomes depressed and commits suicide at a Swiss euthanasia clinic. After her spirit goes to hell, she meets the Devil himself. After live footage is beamed down...

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The forgotten lands  by Justin Warren

The forgotten lands

Justin Warren

"Dylan Harper is a young, up and coming detective, with a point to prove. But when he and his mentor Detective Joe Gardella are summoned to the office of the Chief of Police and given an assignment that is outside their jurisdiction they sense that s...

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Money in the morgue  by Ngaio Marsh

Money in the morgue

Ngaio Marsh

"Mr Glossop is on his regular run delivering wages to the hospitals scattered across New Zealand's Canterbury plains. When his car breaks down, he is forced to stay the night at Mount Gold Hospital, twenty miles from the nearest town, where soldiers ...

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They don't just fade away  by Mike Ledingham

They don't just fade away

Mike Ledingham

'"Former soldier Bill Secombe's world falls to pieces after the love of his life dies, but he rebuilds a successful business and remarries. But soon his new wife shuffles him off to a retirement home, so she can take over the life he has created. Bullied...

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Wairaka point  by Trevor Watkin

Wairaka point

Trevor Watkin

"Wairaka Point is a gripping narrative based around actual events. The subjects and settings are diverse: New Zealand, legal investigation, rabies, fathers, US Marines, heroic women, Maori, ambiguity, possum trapping, advertising, Zimbabwe, families,...

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Te korero ahi kā

Te korero ahi kā

"Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, ...

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A simple love story  by Philippa Dobbs

A simple love story

Philippa Dobbs

"Instead of getting some ice cream and wine to spend the night alone, Jeaunette Cameron manages to spill her treats on one Tomas West, only the hottest British star in Hollywood. It should have been a chance meeting, a fluke of crossed paths, but as Tomas...

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The second grave  by Ian Austin

The second grave

Ian Austin

"Dan Calder is back. Back in his native England once again to help his best friend and ex-partner Nick Hetherington. Nick's daughter has been arrested in connection with the death of a Nottingham prostitute. Back to face his darkest moment as old acq...

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Not the faintest trace  by Wendy M. Wilson

Not the faintest trace

Wendy M. Wilson

"Frank Hardy, late of Her Majesty's 57th Regiment of Foot - the Die Hards searches for two missing Scandinavian boys, assisted by the cousin of one of the boys, Mette Larsen. Meanwhile, someone is killing ex-Die Hards, and the Armed Constabulary, dressed...

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Mazarine  by Charlotte Grimshaw

Mazarine

Charlotte Grimshaw

"From award-winning author Charlotte Grimshaw, this is a beautifully evocative, sensual portrayal of a woman's search for freedom and love. When her daughter vanishes during a heatwave in Europe, writer Frances Sinclair embarks on a hunt that takes her...

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A year at Hotel Gondola  by Nicky Pellegrino

A year at Hotel Gondola

Nicky Pellegrino

"Kat has never wanted to live a small life. She's an adventurer, a food writer who travels the world visiting far-flung places and eating unusual things. Now she is about to embark on her biggest adventure yet - a relationship. She has fallen in love...

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Extreme vacuum  by Andrew Tichbon

Extreme vacuum

Andrew Tichbon

"When brilliant physicist, Jess Rodriguez, designs the most advanced spacecraft the Earth has ever seen, she becomes a target for an unscrupulous industrialist, whose sole intent is to destroy her. But is that the worst of Jess's problems? Could it be...

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The seer's wolf by Barbara Petrie

The seer's wolf

Barbara Petrie

"It is 1952 and strange events are taking place in Loam, a small settlement in rural Canterbury, New Zealand. Ralph Randal, his wife Irena and their three daughters have immigrated to the area from England, but as they settle in, the curiosity of Clover,...

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Devil's apple by Simon Snow

Devil's apple

Simon Snow

A gripping detective novel set in the remote New Zealand West Coast. George Todman is a recluse, drinking his way to oblivion in the remote West Coast bush. His life, though, is transformed when the striking flower-child Rainbow starts turning up on the...

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The night I got my tuckie by Stephanie Johnson

The night I got my tuckie

Stephanie Johnson

"This short story is told by a young American girl, who is all too knowing about her own world, but ignorant about the Kiwi strangers she meets. When Ruthie's father needs a drink, he takes his young daughter with him. She sits in the bar, with her p...

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Rain by Shonagh Koea

Rain

Shonagh Koea

"When asked which was her daughter, Alyssum's mother always used to say, 'the ugly one'. Alyssum has since made a life for herself, away from her old home. But her mother is now in hospital, suffering from dementia. Can Alyssum reach through the pain...

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The bugger by Julian Novitz

The bugger

Julian Novitz

"A tense short story about a cop caught out while planting a listening device"--Publisher information.

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Pigeon post by Peter Hawes

Pigeon post

Peter Hawes

"A hilarious short story about a woman who decides to buy New Zealand. Stuck in the dry desert of Single Tree Gully, Australia, in 1840, Mrs C Wentworth dreams of a place deluged with rain. An island to own, and rain. The pigeon post brings word from...

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The spare room by Judith White

The spare room

Judith White

"Love and passion - and their absence, are explored in this insighful, tragi-comic short story about an illicit affair. The narrator's married friend and his married lover, the new wife of her ex-husband, none of them has much to do with her, until they...

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Facing Galapagos by Craig Cliff

Facing Galapagos

Craig Cliff

"It's not every day you receive an email at work from someone claiming to be 'the' Charles Darwin. But when David Leon emails back, little does he suspect that before long he would be heading to Ecuador, or indeed that he would be mugged by a man wielding...

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Split time by Felicity Price

Split time

Felicity Price

"Penny's great-grandmother, a passionate suffragette and temperance advocate, was equally torn between demanding daughters and a dependent mother. When Penny is given her great-grandmother's letters she is almost at the end of her tether. Will the words...

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Light readings by Fiona Farrell

Light readings

Fiona Farrell

A superb collection of short stories that celebrate the power of the written word.Giving an innovative take on the many forms of reading that bombard us in our everyday lives - from e- to junk-mail, gardening to cookbooks, tourist guides to romance novels...

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Three pretty widows by Barbara Else

Three pretty widows

Barbara Else

A delicately layered, humorous novel, deliciously written, ranging over time and place. In the aftermath of Barnaby Rivers' death, complictions arise for three beautiful women: Bella, Ruth and wicked old Jocasta. Now nothing can go on in the old way....

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